• The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

The Tale of Despereaux

Release Date: December 19th, 2008

DVD Release Date: April 7th, 2009

G |1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary

Once a thriving place of sunshine and delicious soup, the faraway kingdom of Dor has fallen into sadness. An accident leaves the king brokenhearted; the sunshine fades, and the soup disappears Into this world is born Despereaux (Matthew Broderick), a book-loving mouse and friend to Princess Pea (Emma Watson). When Pea is kidnapped, Despereaux must find a knight's brave heart within his tiny body and rescue his friend.

Cast: Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Tracey Ullman, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Stanley Tucci, Ciarán Hinds

Director: Rob Stevenhagen , Sam Fell

Genres: Children , Animated , Adventure , Fantasy

Production Co: Larger Than Life

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Suspenseful, Escape, Endearing, Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Bob MondelloNPR

    A little slow for the very youngest kids -- though the messages it imparts are certainly ones you'll want them to hear. show more

  • 60
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    The flatly generic results certainly appear at odds with the picture's stirring visual style, which pays homage to the great Flemish artists. show more

  • 88
    TV Guide Magazine

    A perfect fairytale, adhering to The Princess Bride's standards of fighting, fencing, torture, and true love, without the ham-fisted moral element of so many of its fairy-tale predecessors. show more

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